The offshore supply ship, MV Malaviya Seven detained, at the Port of Aberdeen, UK, by the International Transport Federation [ITF] with the support of the Port State Control, MCA – was operating under what the shipping union, RMT, has described as a ‘blatant example of modern day slavery’.
The Malaviya Seven will stay at port until the workers are paid, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
The RMT union claimed that 15 Indian crew members in the Mumbai-registered vessel have not been paid for nearly two months, with some having been without pay for longer.
The Malaviya Seven was contracted by oil giant BP between June 1 and June 15.
A second vessel, the supply ship MV Malaviya Twenty, from the same Indian-flagged fleet, faces similar detention in the port of Great Yarmouth, where Port State Control has been alerted to the same crew treatment onboard.